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Enter the wonderful world of plant science. Discover why we depend on plants and the people who understand them for our survival. Find out how plants keep us alive and allow us to enjoy our lives. Learn about growing, maintaining, and utilizing plants for the benefit of ourselves and the environment in which we live. No matter if your interests range from the family farm to a tournament golf course to the boardroom of an international business, rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling careers are open to anyone skilled in plant science.
Human survival absolutely depends on the ability of plants to capture solar energy and convert that energy to a form that can be used as food. The captured energy stored in plant tissues also provides fiber and oil for fuel, clothing, and shelter. The production of plants that meet our needs for survival is an important application of the knowledge of plant science.
However, the essentials for nutrition and shelter can be provided by relatively few plant species. Life would be very boring if those few were the only species produced for our needs. Fortunately, for those who dislike boredom, thousands of species of plants are grown that add enjoyment to life by providing a variety of flavors and textures in food and fiber. Other plants brighten our lives when used in landscaping and interior decoration. Recently, the importance of turfgrass in athletic and outdoor recreation sites has risen dramatically around the world.
Animal feeds are another important use of plants. Animals provide nutrition and variation in our diets and materials for clothing and shelter, reduce labor in some areas of the world, and add pleasure in our lives through recreation or as pets. As a result of our need for plants to survive and enjoy our lives, plants have a tremendous economic impact in developed and developing nations. The career opportunities created by the need for people with an understanding of plant growth are unlimited.
Plant Science is written for anyone with an interest in how plants are grown and utilized for maintaining and adding enjoyment to human life. The beginning sections of the text are designed to provide the fundamentals of botany, plant physiology, and environmental factors affecting plant growth in a way intended to be easily comprehended by students familiar or unfamiliar with plant science. The later sections are the integration of the aforementioned topics into strategies of producing plants for human use as food, fiber, and recreation.
The third edition of Plant Science has been updated to include the most recent statistics, production methods, and issues concerning the production and utilization of plants. To aid the student and instructor, key learning concepts and summaries of those key learning concepts have been added to the chapters in the first two sections. An appendix listing Web sites that provide useful crop production information has been added. A chapter on nursery production has also been added. The chapters concerning herbaceous ornamental production have been consolidated into one chapter.
McMahon, Margaret : The Ohio State University
Kofranek, Anton M. : University of California at Davis
Rubatzky, Vincent E. : University of California at Davis
I. PLANTS: STRUCTURE, CLASSIFICATION, GROWTH, REPRODUCTION, AND UTILIZATION.
1. The Role of Higher Plants in the Living World.
2. Structure of Higher Plants.
3. Naming and Classifying Plants.
4. Origin, Domestication, and Improvement of Cultivated Plants.
5. Propagation of Plants.
6. Vegetative and Reproductive Growth and Development.
7. Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Translocation.
8. Soil and Soil Water.
9. Soil and Water Management and Mineral Nutrition.
10. Climatic Influences on Crop Production.
11. Biological Competitors of Useful Plants.
12. Harvest, Preservation, Transportation, Storage, and Marketing.
II. AN OVERVIEW OF THE FRUIT CROPS AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS.
13. Cultural Practices in Orchards and Vineyards.
14. Flowering and Fruiting in Fruit Crops.
15. Nursery Production: Field, Above-Ground Container, and Pot-in-Pot Cultures.
16. Landscape Trees: Deciduous, Broad- and Narrow-Leaved Evergreens.
17. Ornamental Shrubs: Deciduous, Broad- and Narrow-Leaved Evergreens.
19. Lawns and Turfgrasses.
20. Residential and Public Landscapes.
III. MAJOR AGRONOMIC, VEGETABLE, AND FRUIT CROPS.
21. Agronomic Crops Grown for Food, Feed, or Oil.
22. Forage and Fiber Crops.
23. Vegetable Crops Grown for Fruits or Seeds.
24. Vegetable Crops Grown for Flowers, Leaves, or Stems.
25. Vegetable Crops Grown for Underground Parts.
26. Temperate Zone Fruit and Nut Crops.
27. Subtropical Fruit and Nut Crops.
28. Tropical Fruit and Nut Crops.
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